Freshman Company (DAN 220)
DAN 220/Freshman Repertory is taken in dance majors’ first semester. It is a structured rehearsal process that leads to a public performance. At the completion of this course students will have a better understanding of the creative process and program expectations for professionalism. In DAN 220, students are members of the "Freshman Company" and work in rehearsal with a faculty member as they set a new modern dance on the Freshman Company. Students will become better performers through this process and be exposed to the collaborative nature of modern dance choreography. We also hope that this experience prepares students to successfully audition for the Repertory Dance Company. The Freshman Company performs excerpts of their dance at High School Dance Day and the entire dance at the December XTE Informal Dance Concert.
Young People’s Matinee (YPM)
The YPM performance includes excerpts from chosen choreographic works from the semester. The DAN 360/ Teaching Methods of Dance class organizes the concert. This additional performance opportunity entails a technical rehearsal, a morning performance, and a performance (on tour) at local schools. YPM performers are representatives of the USM dance program and are held to the same high standards for professionalism and conduct off campus. The tours take place during the week of and after the Fall Dance Concert and the Spring Dance Concert.
American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA)
Each year the USM dance program attends ACDFA (See information below). During the conference, students meet other dancers, take master classes, attend dance concerts (featuring other college students and professional dancers/companies), etc. The dance faculty chooses three choreographic works to represent the dance program. Student choreographers may submit applications to have their work considered. Two of the three works will be in the adjudicated concerts, where we can have one faculty work and one student work OR two student works. The adjudicated works receive feedback from three dance professionals. The dance faculty also chooses one choreographic work for the informal concert. This can be a student or faculty choreographed work.
Any dance major or minor may attend. Dancers are financially responsible for registration fees (approximately $115), hotel, travel, and food costs. Information meetings will be scheduled to go over the details for attendance. Information is also posted on the general information bulletin board.
About ACDFA, from www.acdfa.org:
The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA's sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.